This Week’s Business Buzz: 11/16/18

November 16, 2018

Highlights of the week include: Duke Endowment investing $900,000 in non-profit hospice and palliative care organizations, a former senior principal of The Van Winkle Law Firm getting sworn in as a District Judge, and Buncombe County investing $100,0000 in 20 different community-based initiatives through its Tipping Point Grants.


  • The Van Winkle Law Firm announced today that William Carleton Metcalf, a former senior principal in the firm, has been named United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. Judge Metcalf was sworn in by The Honorable Max O. Cogburn, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Western District of North Carolina, and began his new role on November 1.


  • Buncombe County is excited to announce it will be investing $100,000 in 20 different community-based initiatives through its Tipping Point Grants. The extremely competitive process saw 60 applicants competing for the 20 available $5,000 grants.
  • Mountain Area Health Education Center, Isothermal Community College, and St. Luke’s Hospital will host a public signing event at the future home of the MAHEC Dental Health Center at Columbus and Foothills Medical Associates in Columbus, NC. This event formalizes the partnership among these three entities to establish a dental and medical care teaching practice in Polk County that will support ICC’s new dental assistant program and health sciences learners to address the shortage of dental and primary healthcare providers across WNC. The MAHEC Dental Health Center at Columbus will open in the late spring of 2019.


  • Park Ridge Health Surgery Specialists is excited to welcome David M. Kulick MD, PhD, FACS, FCCP.  Dr. Kulick is board-certified in Thoracic and General Surgery. He brings a diverse experience base to Park Ridge Health Surgery Specialists that includes inpatient and outpatient clinical care, clinical research and educational leadership.
  • Friends of the Smokies’ board of directors announced the selection of Tim Chandler as the organization’s new Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, effective November 5. Jim Hart has served as the nonprofit’s President and CEO for 16 years and will remain in that position.


  • Webb Investment Services, a female owned wealth management practice that has served Western North Carolina since 1995, is looking for a Client Care Associate with an interest in the financial services industry.  Excellent computer and organizational skills a must! Anyone interested should contact Carrie Martin at 828-252-5132 or at
  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Milling and Lathe Machine Operator, Laborer, Medical Collecotr, Material Handler, Dishwasher, Warehouse Worker, Order Puller, and Coldform Operator. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to


  • The Duke Endowment invests $900,000 in non-profit advance illness care model! The Teleios Collaborative Network, through its member organization Four Seasons, has received a $900,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund its mission to preserve, strengthen, and support not-for-profit community hospice and palliative care organizations in the Carolinas.
  • Zöe Dental hosted their inaugural  Smiles For FREEdom Event! They served 10 greatly deserving Veterans and provided over $26,600.00 in free dental services! Smiles For FREEdom is an opportunity to allow dental professionals to come together and provide free dental services for an entire day to veterans, and members of our armed services. Community outreach is very important to Zöe Dental and much like their annual Dentistry From the Heart event, Smiles For Freedom will be held annually each November to celebrate and give back to those who served.
  • On Thursday, November 8, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, NC hosted a forum on drug and human trafficking with local law enforcement and social service organizations. Seventy attendees representing 17 organizations from across Western North Carolina gathered for the event.
  • November is National Military Family Month. The YMCA of Western North Carolina is showing its appreciation to all active military members, veterans, and their immediate families with a special offer to visit any of the eight YMCA of Western North Carolina locations for free Nov. 9-12.